“We started off too cold. Our soil temperatures were on the cool side. We had a hard time getting a good healthy stand. One we got a healthy stand, all of the sudden it turned off too hot, too windy, and too dry, and we had to start irrigating this crop way before normal.”
Many passers by this time of year think the corn crop has burned up. John Malazzo began harvesting this week.
“This corn looks like it’s supposed to at this stage. ”
“For us to harvest this corn, we have to let the stalk dry down and die in its natural process, and have to let the kernels deteriorate moisture wise to the point where we can harvest it and store it without having any mold or mildew.”
And contrary to what you might think, rain is not what the corn producer fears most at this time of the year.
“Other than delaying harvest, it really wouldn’t hurt this ear of corn, but what would hurt us would be some high winds, that would lay it on the ground to where our combines would have a hard time getting to it.”
Skyrocketing input costs have made corn extremely expensive to grow.
“The high price of corn right now is only high to people that don’t grow it because you’re talking about a hundred dollars an acre for irrigation fuel, you’re talking about a hundred dollars an acre for seed and technology fees, you’re talking about a hundred dollars an acre for pot ash, you’re talking about a hundred dollars an acre for nitrogen fertilizer, you’re talking about twenty five to thirty dollars an acre for harvest costs, and that does not include your land rent or land costs.”
“It’s not as rosy as most folks think, but with good yields we still have a chance to make a profit.”
I’m Joe Brown, taking a look at Brazos Valley agriculture, from the ground up.